Let University Hospital’s experienced mother-baby caregivers guide and support you through your postpartum hospital stay. You’ll receive kind, helpful assistance so you and your newborn feel supported and cared for.
After birth, you’ll move to a postpartum room for bedside care and rooming in with your baby. Rooming in means you’ll bond with your baby and get a good start to breastfeeding while you stay together in the same room. Count on skilled, compassionate nurses to help support you.
Your room provides enough space for you, your baby, your partner and our caregivers. It also has a TV, shower and a small sleeper. Your partner or another adult support person can stay overnight with you. We provide bedding and a pillow.
Partner with our board-certified lactation consultants and trained nurses for breastfeeding support during your stay and after you return home.
Secure, Locked Setting
Trust us to provide a safe, secure environment for you and your baby at University Hospital. In the delivery room, you, your partner and your newborn will receive matching ID bracelets. An infant security ankle bracelet protects your baby. The postpartum unit is locked all the time.
Depend on us to perform regular health checks and recommended newborn screening tests on your baby. After your newborn’s first 24 hours of life, a nurse will complete screenings for:
- Congenital heart disease
- Hearing issues
- Metabolic and genetic disorders
If your baby needs a higher level of care after birth, University Hospital has an advanced Level IV neonatal intensive care unit. This means our specialized team has the highest level of advanced training and technology to care for babies born too early or with another health concern.
Your friends and family are welcome to visit. You can have as many visitors as you want during the day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. An adult must supervise children who visit at all times. For your privacy and security, visitors must enter using the doorbell system on the unit.
Meds to Beds Program
Take advantage of our Meds to Beds program if you need medication before leaving the hospital. Our pharmacy delivers directly to your room, so you don’t have to make a stop on your way home.
Complete a birth registry application for a birth certificate before you go home. Our staff will handle the rest of the paperwork and file it.
On the day you leave the hospital, expect to go home before noon so you will have time to settle in at home and enjoy the rest of the day.
Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression
It’s normal to feel a wide range of emotions after having a baby. Feeling a little sad is known as the baby blues. These feelings may last from a few days up to two weeks after birth. If your baby blues last longer than two weeks, you may be experiencing postpartum depression.
Your patient navigator will set up follow-up appointments before you leave the hospital. During the follow-up visits, your doctor will check the health and well-being of you and your baby and answer any questions you have.